a simple curtain hides a murphy bed, divides a room…

Ellen Silverman

Ellen Silverman

Recently while browsing photographer Ellen Silverman’s website, we came across this picture of Sally’s old one-bedroom apartment, where Ellen photographed a lot, both to document the space and to do food and still-life photography. The room above was a minimal, mutable space Sally used as both office and photo studio, as its south light was stunning. The curtain, which no one who worked there ever seemed to notice, actually hid a queen-size Murphy bed. At night, it would be pulled back, the bed opened, and the room would transform into a bedroom (below).

A simple linen curtain (even left unhemmed) on a wire can make for a beautiful room divider to define or hide a space:

Ellen Silverman

Ellen Silverman

…the fittings and wire can be found at Ikea for about $13.

Ellen Silverman

Ellen Silverman

Stay-tuned for Sally’s newest Murphy bed iteration, this time as a side-ways berth.

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One Response to a simple curtain hides a murphy bed, divides a room…

  1. Ellen Rocco 10.10.2013 at 4:40pm #

    I love this. it is so clean and simple. You have mentioned a site for linen in the past – Rough Linen I think. Is this white linen from there as well?

    Also, though it’s not got to do with this posting, I would like to share a good website I just found for jars and bottles – SKS Bottles and Packaging. We’ve just done work in our kitchen and I now have a drawer in which to keep spices. I wanted small, simple jars with plastic lids and after much searching, found exactly what I wanted and very reasonably priced. Better yet, the customer service, even for small orders, is terrific.

    As always, thank you SO much for what you do.

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